Innovation China 2019 - Functional Materials


Dr. Patrick Berbon


Managing Partner @ CM Venture Capital

Patrick has an extensive background in metallurgy, aerospace, power and cleantech industries. Before co-founding CM Venture Capital, Patrick was a Senior Consultant at Performance Improvement, a risk analysis and management company specialized in power industries. Patrick is an experienced entrepreneur in the advanced materials space. His prior start-up focuses on advanced nanograin aluminum alloys and its applications, the company was successfully listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange.Before his entrepreneurial ventures, Patrick was a Senior Scientist in Materials Science Division at Rockwell Scientific.


Patrick obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, his M.S. from Tsinghua University (China) and M.S./B.S. from Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France), all in Materials Sciences. 

Dr. Stefan Bruening


Vice President - Innovation Campus @ BASF

Dr. Stefan Bruening was born in 1964 in Muenster, Germany. He studied at University of Muenster from 1983 to 1994 and received his PhD in Organic & Pharmaceutical Chemistry. He has more than 30 patent applications, 20 international publications and presentations at national / international symposia and conferences. Dr. Bruening joined BASF in 2010 after having gained 16 years of technology & business expertise at Henkel and Cognis in various regional and global positions. Within BASF, he embraced responsibilities in application technology, technical key-account management, polymer research, and product stewardship / quality. In June 2017, he took up the role as Vice President for Innovation Campus Shanghai, responsible for operation and research activities.

Mike Casper

CEO @ Flex Lighting

Mike is leading the commercial growth of a breakthrough light transmission technology in the Display industry with a focus on North America and Asia. Mike has over 15 years experience in marketing, product development, corporate strategy, large company negotiations, outsourced manufacturing, intellectual property, joint developments and partnerships, and leading innovative and high- growth organizations. FLEx’s technologies have created the world’s thinnest lightguide system, which is now enabling next generation reflective displays and flexible LCDs to reach their full potential.

​Aina Chai


Chairman @ Shanghai Huidu Group

Chai Aina, the current chairman of Grayscale Environmental Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., launched the environmental recycling package project. With more than ten years of experience in marketing management, he has had in-depth project cooperation with many well-known companies at home and abroad. At present, it has led the grayscale environmental protection to become the first team in China to promote circulating packaging materials, and is committed to the research, development, production, operation and recycling of recycled packaging materials.

​Cindy Chen


CEO @ Beijing Kempur Microelectronics

Cindy Chen, received her master’s degree in polymer science from UMass Lowell in 1990. She returned to Beijing, and founded Kempur Microelectronics Inc in 2004.  Kempur Microelectronics Inc, specializes in the R&D, production, sales, and technical support of IC- grade photoresist. In March 2011, Cindy was recognized as "Beijing Overseas High-level Talents" and was also hired as "Beijing Special Expert". In 2012 she was awarded the "Beijing 38th Red Flag Medal" as a leader in the development of photoresist industry in China.

​Larry Chen


Director Asia Pacific @ Zipline Medical

Larry has20 years of experience in surgical device sales, marketing & distribution management, with stint at Fortune 500 companies/ Top 20 medical device multinationals like Stryker, Johnson & Johnson, Smith & Nephew etc, both in the U.S. & China. Larry has significant regional exposure in AsiaPac with revenue responsibilities in North Asia, Southeast Asia and India. Larry is currently with Zipline Medical, a US-based surgical device startup, leading product launch and market penetration in Asia with China as a focus.  

​Dr. Bin Fan


CEO @ GCL Nano

Dr. Bin Fan has been working on perovskite photovoltaics over over 10 years. He founded Weihua Solar in 2010, which was invested by GCL group and renamed to GCL nano in late 2016. GCL Nano is a world-leading perovskite technology company, currently building a 100 MW production line.

Dr. Fan obtained B.S. and M.S. from Tsinghua University and Ph.D. from The Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Phil Giesler


Group Head of Scientific Regulatory @ British American Tobacco

Phil currently leads British American Tobacco's scientific regulatory, after previously leading BAT's program on Innovation Capabilities and Strategic Science and Technology, bringing new innovation and business models to life in the pursuit of new, safer products.


Phil has 30 years of professional experience across R&D, category innovation management, venture investing and new business incubation and development. Prior to BAT, Phil Worked with the Big Innovation Centre in London, enhancing the ability for UK SME's to access capital and finance. Phil has 7 years experience in corporate venture capital, leading Unilever's corporate venture and private equity investments in the United States. Phil was past chairman of the NVCA's Corporate Venture Capital Group. He presided over a year which saw 10 new corporate members join to assist total membership to reach record numbers.

Wei Guo


Partner @ PWC China

Guo Wei is a Deals partner based in our Beijing office. He is also a member of PwC’s global Steering Committee on Taking Control. Prior to joining PwC’s Deals team in 2004, his experience includes auditing and investment banking focusing on private placement.


Guo Wei has offered various M&A related professional service to clients, including buy side due diligence, negotiation and support, valuation and forecast review, financial restructuring and vendor support. He has advised clients ranging from large private equity funds, Fortune 500 multinational companies to top tier domestic groups. His industry coverage includes utilities, oil & gas, automobile, industrial products, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, real estate, education, telecommunication among others.

Guo Wei is a Certified Public Accountant in China and Certified General Accountant in Canada.

Dr. Howard Huang


Senior Investment Manager @ SABIC Venture  

Howard Huang is responsible for identifying and evaluation of Asian venture deals for SABIC. He is a PhD of physics, with around 20 years’ experience in materials and chemicals.

Mr. Yoshiyuki Kashiwagi


New Market and Business Incubation @ BASF Performance Materials Asia Pacifica

Mr. Yoshiyuki Kashiwagi leads New Market and Business Incubation team in Asia Pacific region, Performance Materials, BASF based in Shanghai. 17 years+ of experience in Chemical industry in the field of R&D, technical marketing and new business development related to functional plastics and foams. Current responsibility includes management of multidisciplinary teams for identification, incubation and acceleration of new business projects. He received Master of Science degree in Applied Chemistry from Tohoku University, Japan.

Dr. Thomas Kostka


Senior Investment Manager @ Henkel

Thomas has first-hand experience working in two start-ups and his own consultancy. After joining Henkel in 2007, heading teams for Scientific Computing and Technology Scouting, he then moved on to Strategy and New Business development, identifying and evaluating innovation opportunities through strategic Foresight Management, Scouting, Startup Screening, and Venturing. Dr. Kostka is now with Henkel Ventures.

Thomas holds a PhD in Chemistry from the FAU University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.

Li Li


Investment Director @ BASF Venture Capital

Li Li, joined BASF Venture Capital in 2018. She is responsible for investment and portfolio management in China. Li started her career with PwC China and provided transaction services to top investment institutes such as Warburg Pincus, TPG, Ping’an, Sequoia and MNC investors. She then started and managed corporate strategy and M&A department for Voith Group in China. Before joining BVC, Li used to work for SABIC Ventures for their Chinese investments. Li graduated from Fudan University with an Economics major.

Jiazeng Luo


CEO @ Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation (BICI) Investment Company

Jia Zeng Luo currently serves as General Manager of Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation (BICI) Investment Management Corporation, which has completed nearly 60 project investments; as well as six venture capital fund investments totaling approximately 3 billion RMB.


Mr Luo has more than 10 years of experience in industry research, industrial planning and strategic consulting, investment and post-investment management. He has previously been a senior director of Beijing Samsung Pengtai Technology Consulting Co., Ltd.


Mr. Luo has a B.S. from Peking University, M.S. from Tsinghua University.  

Dr. Xun Ouyang


Dr. Ouyang is a well-known fuel cell expert with 20 years of experience in the industry of which 9 years is as an entrepreneur. He founded Nowogen in 2010, and successfully developed China's first kilowatt-class methanol fuel cell, Gen4 bi-polar plate and metal bipolar plate materials. Nowogen is recognized as one of China's most well-known enterprise with independent core technology in the field of hydrogen fuel cell. 

Dr. Ouyang sits on China's Fuel Cell Standards Committeeof the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Zhongguancun Energy Storage Alliance, Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission Fuel Cell Expert Group. 

Dr. Ouyang obtained Ph.D. from the Stevens Institute of Technology.  Prior to founding Nowogen, Dr. Ouyang worked at IdaTech, USA. 

Dr. Arthur Ren


CEO @ BEAVER Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Arthur Ren has been interested in industrial applications of nano-materials and biotechnologies. He founded BEAVER at BioBAY in Suzhou Industrial Park in 2011. BEAVER initially focus on research and development of technologies and clinical sample processing platforms. Along with its long-term strategy, BEAVER will develop clinical materials used in in-vitro diagnostic and cancer immunotherapy, to provide further services in health business. BeaverBeads™ was selected as one of the major global makers of large-scale commercialized functional MNPs (magnetic nanoparticles) by BioChip J. (2019). 

Dr. Ren is a member of national technical committee on nanotechnology of standardization ISO/TC229/WG4. He has been co-lead the international standard project ISO/TS 19807-2 “Nanotechnologies -Magnetic nanomaterials - Part 2 ” with Dr. Uwe Steinhoff from PTB since 2016, and will be published in 2021.

Jeffrey Xin


Executive Director  @ Guotai Junan Securities

Mr. Xin Has been working in the investment banking industry for more than 10 years, focus on new energy vehicles, industrial automation, new materials and etc. Prior to Guotai Junan, he worked as an analyst with JP Morgan(HK) China Markets team. Mr. Xin has a rich experience in IPOs, private financing, domestic and cross-border M&As.

Mr. Xin graduated from the University of Hong Kong

Dr. Xiangjun Xing


Investment Director  @   China Three Gorges New Energy Co. Ltd.

Dr. Xing Xiangjun, Senior Economist, Investment Director of Venture Capital Division of China Three Gorges New Energy (Group) Co., Ltd., Director of Sanxia Sunshine Fund Management Company, has been engaged in equity investment and equity management of new energy industry for many years. Dr. Xing has a deep understanding for the new energy materials field.

Dr. Xuewen Yu


Research Scientist  @ CRRC New Energy

Dr. Yu graduated from Tianjin Polytechnic University and is mainly engaged in the research of key materials such as porous graphene, inter-layer enlarged intermediate carbon microspheres and high performance electrolytes. In 2016, she joined Ningbo CRRC New Energy Technology Co., Ltd., and is currently engaged in the development and application of key materials for high specific energy supercapacitors. She aims to promote the development of low-cost activated carbon as electrode material and other core materials in super capacitors

Chen Zhao


Managing Partner @ Plug and Play China

Chen is currently spearheading Plug and Play Tech Center's startup accelerator and investment activities in China. He manages a team that is specialized in both growing local technology startups and helping cutting edge global companies enter into and expand their businesses in China market. Since 2015, Plug and Play China has been in operation in 8 cities and Chen has led and participated in investment and cross-border acceleration of over 100 startups in both China and the U.S. Prior to Plug and Play, Chen worked at Investment Technology Group, where he led a development team in designing and implementing various Equity and Foreign Exchange trading analytics applications for institutional investment firms. Chen holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, MS from USC and BS from Beihang University in Computer Science. 

Dr. Min Zhou


Managing Partner @ CM Venture Capital

Dr. Min Zhou co-founded CM Venture Capital in 2010. She has over 16 years of venture capital investment experience in US and in China, in hard technology areas including materials, hardware, semiconductor, energy and environment. Prior to her venture career, Min had 6 years of R&D and technology commercialization experience with Rockwell Scientific. 

Dr. Zhou earned Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Southern California, MBA from UCLA Anderson Business School, B.S. from Tsinghua University.

Dr. Yan Zhou


CEO @ Furcifer 

Dr. Yan Zhou received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Peking University, and completed his postdoctoral research at Stanford University. He specialized in high-performance organic opto-electronic materials and devices. In 2015, Dr. Zhou and his colleagues started Furcifer in Silicon Valley to convert traditional glass to smart glass using flexible electrochromic film technology. 

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